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Transcend Borders

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN GLOBAL BUSINESS CURRICULUM

Lead Across Countries and Cultures

The St. Thomas Graduate Certificate in Global Business prepares you be an effective leader in multinational business environments with diverse market, economic and political systems. Experience international business firsthand by going on a study abroad trip.

We worked with industry experts and employers to develop our curriculum, to ensure that we give you the skills and knowledge that employers value. Our courses equip you with tools you can apply at work right away. Customize your Graduate Certificate with your choice of electives. Take courses on campus, or a blend of online and on-campus courses. Complete the program at your own pace, taking one or two courses each semester, and finish in as few as 9 months.

Plan Out Your Program

Follow these sample plans to complete the Graduate Certificate in Global Business in 2 or 4 semesters.

Semester I (6 credits)

International Business

Elective

Semester II (6 credits)

Global Experience/Study Abroad

Professional Effectiveness Course

Semester I (6 credits)

International Business

Elective

Semester II (6 credits)

Global Experience/Study Abroad

Professional Effectiveness Course

Semester I (3 credits)
International Business
Semester II (3 credits)
Global Experience/Study Abroad
Semester III (3 credits)
Elective
Semester IV (3 credits)
Professional Effectiveness course
Semester I (3 credits)
International Business
Semester II (3 credits)
Global Experience/Study Abroad
Semester III (3 credits)
Elective
Semester IV (3 credits)
Professional Effectiveness course

Curriculum

12 credits total

(MGMT 805) - 3 credits

Explore the opportunities and challenges of conducting business in a global context. Gain an understanding the external global environment and internal challenges that a multinational enterprise faces. Examine the forces behind globalization; the different cultural, political, legal and economic environments in which global businesses operate; the tradeoffs between global and local strategies; the alternatives available for coordinating activity in an MN; and the challenges of managing people in a global organization.


3 credits

Choose from approved St. Thomas MBA or graduate-level study abroad courses, led by St. Thomas faculty. Offerings vary each academic year and are often offered as J-term courses. Recent study abroad courses include:

  • GLOBAL RISK LEADERSHIP: SCANDINAVIA -OR- LONDON (MGMT 753)
  • GLOBAL FINANCIAL SERVICES: CHINA (FINC 752)
  • EMERGING MARKETS: LATIN AMERICA (MKTG 714)
  • MARKETING IN A MEGA MARKET: INDIA (MKTG 714)

Legal Strategy for Global Business

(BLAW 610) - 3 credits

Learn about the national, multilateral and international legal issues that a multinational enterprise must face. Examine the legal and regulatory environment associated with conducting business across borders, including international trade and commercial transactions. Explore legal topics including international trade, mechanisms for effectively resolving international business disputes, legal issues impacting market entry and expansion strategies (trade, intellectual property licensing and foreign direct investment), regulation of the market place and compliance.

The Global Economy

(GBEC 610) - 3 credits

Learn about global macroeconomic conditions and markets, in order to evaluate the current economic environment for business and financial decision-making. Explore determinants of the level of national income, employment, investment, interest rates, business cycles, inflation, exchange rates, managing exchange rate exposure, and current global economic and finance developments and issues. Prerequisite: GBEC 600 or 625.

Global Finance Issues & Policy

(FINC 755) - 3 credits

Examine the current economic crises and issues that specific countries are facing, as well as the global financial system as a whole. Study the causes and consequences of such issues, and formulate policies to resolve them. The specific topics of this course may vary from year to year, depending on the current global finance issues. Prerequisite: FINC 600.

International Marketing

(MKTG 790) - 3 credits

Explore the important issues, theories and practices in international marketing. Learn about international marketing, scope, theory, ethics, marketing mix and strategies, as well as international trade and investment. Prerequisite: MKTG 600 or MKTG 625.

Second Global Experience/Study Abroad Course

3 credits

Instead of choosing one of the elective courses above, you can take a second study abroad course to fulfill your elective requirement.


Inclusive Leadership in Diverse Organizations

(MGMT 804) - 3 credits

To be an effective and just leader, you need to understand the diverse peoples who comprise your organization and markets, and practice inclusion. Explore a range of perspectives (legal, ethical, structural, political, symbolic, historical, social, relational), and study topics including dimensions and categories of human diversity and of cultures; social identity and perception; attribution, bias, stigma, and harassment in organizations; cross-cultural communication and conflict; power, privilege, and oppression; domestic and world workforce and market demography.

Effective Team Management

(MGMT 607) - 3 credits

Businesses increasingly use teams to get work done, but teams aren’t always managed effectively. This course examines when teams are the right choice and when they are not. Learn how to be an effective team member and leader, and how to diagnose and solve common team problems. Examine how teams operate under special circumstances, e.g., cross-functional, temporary, global and distributed (or virtual).  

Negotiation Skills

(MGMT 808) - 3 credits

Learn techniques to deal with many different negotiation situations found in the workplace. We’ll use in-class negotiations and case studies to build your negotiation skills, beginning with one-on-one negotiations and concluding with large group negotiations. You’ll also learn skills for international negotiations and salary negotiations. Practice negotiation techniques as both a buyer and a seller.


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